How to Bake Pi

How to Bake Pi

An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics

Book - 2015
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One of the world's most creative mathematicians finds the meaning of mathematics in the kitchen in this "whimsical...rigorous and insightful" ( New York Times ) book
What is math? How exactly does it work? And what do three siblings trying to share a cake have to do with it? In How to Bake Pi , math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen. We learn how the bechamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number five, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard. At the heart of it all is Cheng's work on category theory, a cutting-edge "mathematics of mathematics," that is about figuring out how math works.
Combined with her infectious enthusiasm for cooking and true zest for life, Cheng's perspective on math is a funny journey through a vast territory no popular book on math has explored before. So, what is math? Let's look for the answer in the kitchen.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Basic Books,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780465097678
Branch Call Number: 510.1 Cheng 05/2015
Characteristics: 288 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: How to bake pi


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Sep 18, 2018

A very easy engaging book. Even if you are only moderately interested in math you will like this book. It will help improve your baking skills as well.

Aug 21, 2016

This book is a bitter in the mouth disappointment at the end since it makes the claim that Category Theory (Mathematics of Mathematics) serves the purpose of illumination (WHY: understanding versus knowledge) but there is no way you will come out with a feel on why this claim is a honest/trustworthy claim. I give author the credit for setting the stage for making this grand claim of light (of understanding) -- just that there is no illumination on illumination ...

Feb 03, 2016

The author shows the roots of her love for mathematics and this is the most important message that I got from this book.

Nov 01, 2015

I've had a Goldilocks relationship with math books: some are too hard to follow (Love and Math by Edward Frenkel, for instance), a few are the right level and some are too easy. This book definitively falls into the last category. If you've done your high school maths, you are amply qualified to follow and read the book. Cheng gives a few interesting applications and metaphors that keep you going. Overall, the book is a pretty light read, which is quite a feat considering the subject at large (and no, that's not a bad thing!). I was also disappointed, as someone who had watched all of Cheng's video capsules and as someone who enjoys cooking, to see that the book lacked cooking references. Where were the Mobius strip bagels? The using of actual pies to explain π?


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